Legendary TV news anchor Walter Cronkite dead at 92

Walter-CronkiteWalter Cronkite, the legendary TV news anchor known for his trademark sign-off, “And that’s the way it is…” has died at the age of 92.

Cronkite, who was known as the “most trusted man in America,” has died on July 17. He’s had been suffering for years with cerebrovascular disease.

Cronkite was best known as anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years, from 1962 to 1981.

The White House issued the following statement from President Obama:

For decades, Walter Cronkite was the most trusted voice in America. His rich baritone reached millions of living rooms every night, and in an industry of icons, Walter set the standard by which all others have been judged.

He was there through wars and riots, marches and milestones, calmly telling us what we needed to know. And through it all, he never lost the integrity he gained growing up in the heartland.

But Walter was always more than just an anchor. He was someone we could trust to guide us through the most important issues of the day; a voice of certainty in an uncertain world. He was family. He invited us to believe in him, and he never let us down. This country has lost an icon and a dear friend, and he will be truly missed.

[via HuffPo]

Walter Cronkite on the JFK assassination in 1963:

Walter Cronkite reporting on the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968:

Walter Cronkite and the lunar Landing (CBS News)

RIP Walter Cronkite…